From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Favi. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.
Early Origins of the Favi family
The surname Favi was first found in the city of Treviso, where the Favero family lived as early as 1308.
Early History of the Favi family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Favi research.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1604, 1669 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Favi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Favi Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Favi include Fava, Favre, Favi, Favella, Favelli, Favetta, Favetti, Favino, Favini, Favuzza, Favazzi, Favale, Favali, Favalini, Favalli, Favano, Favara, Favari, Favar, Favareto, Favata, Favati, Faveto and many more.
Early Notables of the Favi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Oddo Fava, a philosopher and member of the government Council in Bologna; Guglielmo Favre was a famous lawyer in Aosta during the 14th century; Nicolo di Pietro Fava was one of the 16 reformists in Bologna and was ambassador to many princes. However, with... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Favi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Favi family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Favi or a variant listed above: Alfredo Favale, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Napoli, Italy, in 1924; Andrea Favale, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Montalbono, Italy, in 1920.